Integrating Aboriginal culture into public schools

Nanaimo District Secondary School (NDSS) has hired an Aboriginal Elder, Penny Seward, becoming the first public school in the district to do so. Seward is tasked with educating students about her culture, teachings, and ways of learning, much like the Elders at VIU who provide counselling, support, and guidance to all students. “So many will … Continued

The Third Tier: A Look Inside Alternative Schooling

Walking through the bustling hallways of Nanaimo District Secondary School (NDSS), Brett Hancock smiles at, and fist bumps, every student he passes. Smiles form on their faces as they greet him back. “I learned a lot from traveling, but I sure as hell didn’t learn much in high school,” he says. “The goal with these … Continued

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